Creating art, using everyday objects

A class at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently had a chance to learn how to transform an ordinary wine glass or bottle into a work of art. Helen McDaniel, who taught the class, demonstrated how to paint designs on glass. The teacher, who is a snowbird from Ohio and a part-time Land O’ Lakes resident, collects bottles in Ohio for the class, and her daughter, Diana, … [Read more...]

A sweet and spicy event

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village hosted Raising Cane, a Sweet and Spicy Event, held on Jan. 12 — offering event-goers a chance to watch syrup being made, to sample chili and to check out goods offered by a variety of vendors. Shown here, George Craciun, of Thonotosassa, center, plays banjo with some members of the Barking Dogs Band. Jim Strickland, show host of 88.5 WMNF, is on the left, … [Read more...]

Practice makes perfect

Thirteen-year-old Ayberk Babacan, of Wesley Chapel, brought in the New Year by practicing some soccer moves with his father, Ercan, at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road.   … [Read more...]

Doing a little ‘one-on-one’ training

Basketball trainer Bruce Price, of Tampa, left, and Ty Webster, of Land O’ Lakes, took advantage of the winter break to do a little basketball training on one of the outdoor courts at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, at 3032 Collier Parkway. The 11-year-old Webster was picking up some pointers during a training session with Price, who has played pro ball in the states, as well as Europe, … [Read more...]

2018: A great year for photos

Editor’s note: Here is a look at some of the moments of community life captured during 2018 by Christine Holtzman, a regular contributor to The Laker/Lutz News. We love to share your stories through photos, so please feel free to let us know about upcoming events that can help us record life’s big and small moments, by sending an email … [Read more...]

2018: A great year for photos

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, at 37015 Orange Valley Lane in Dade City, had a Blessing of the Animals service on Oct. 7 to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his affinity for animals. People brought their animals to be blessed, and shared a potluck meal together. Rio, a Biewer Terrier, gives his attention to Pastor Mark Reiff, left, as the pastor gives the … [Read more...]

Nutcrackers, nostalgia and Christmas cheer

Take a step back in time to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz. The free attraction, hosted by the Citizens for the Old Lutz School, is now in its 22nd year. Though there’s no charge for admission, donations are accepted for the upkeep of the historic building, and nonperishable food donations benefit the Christian Social Services … [Read more...]

Who doesn’t love a Christmas parade?

Dade City kicks off its holiday season each year with the Magical Night Christmas Parade, a parade that dates back to 1982. The event was presented by The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital Dade City and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Santa arrived in a red mustang to conclude the parade. The Santa sponsor was State Farm Insurance, ‘Baldy’ Boyd agent. Here are some … [Read more...]

Pets AND Santa — what could be better?

The PetSmart store, at 6001 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, offered ‘Photos with Santa Claus’ on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, allowing pet parents to have their pet’s photo taken with Santa. Those taking part were emailed a free digital photo from the store. … [Read more...]

Lake Padgett Estates holds its Golf Cart Parade

Hundreds of decked out golf carts joined in the fun for Lake Padgett Estates’ 10th annual Golf Cart Parade on the evening of Dec. 8. Lake Padgett Estates has been sanctioned by Pasco County as an official golf cart community, meaning that golf carts can be driven on certain roadways within the community. … [Read more...]